Prisoners

prisoners

What would you do if your child went missing? That is the question facing Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) in Prisoners after his six-year old daughter Anna and her friend Joy disappear. As the hours drag on, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhall) is brought in to solve the case. Tension erupts between the two immediately. Dover, a deer-hunting survivalist, suspects that the brash young detective isn’t giving the case his full attention. When Loki releases their only suspect due to lack of evidence, Dover decides that he will have to take matters into his own hands.

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. With his child’s life at stake, Dover kidnaps their only suspect and begins to torture him for information. The frantic Dover is willing to do whatever it takes to bring back his daughter, but as the captivity continues, Dover begins to wonder if he has the right man. In his race for answers, has he turned himself into the very monster he wants to destroy? What cost must he pay to ensure his daughter’s safety?

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Written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve, Prisoners will open in theaters on September 20, 2013. This Warner Bros. Pictures thriller also stars Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.

Won’t Back Down

Won't Back Down

What do you do when your child is stuck with a teacher who doesn’t even attempt to teach or control her classroom, in an inner-city school that has been labeled as “failing” for close to two decades? If this school is in California, you can attempt to use the state’s “Parent Trigger Law,” which allows parents to use a petition process to essentially “take over” the school and enact wide-ranging changes. “Won’t Back Down,” a new film from director Daniel Barnz, is based loosely on the events surrounding the use of this trigger law in an L.A.-area school in 2010.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Won't Back Down

In “Won’t Back Down,” Jamie (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is appalled by the complete lack of education that her daughter is getting at Adams Elementary School, and decides to use the Trigger Law to try to turn things around. To do this, Jamie enlists the help of Nona Alberts (Viola Davis), a teacher at the school who needs something to restore her love for teaching and rebuild her own life. These two very determined mothers quickly realize that forcing change will be an uphill battle. They risk everything to go up against a school board with a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, and a union rep (Holly Hunter) that goes all out to stop them.

Viola Davis in Won't Back Down

Written by Daniel Barnz and Brin Hill, “Won’t Back Down” was released by 20th Century Fox on September 28, 2012. The drama, which is rated PG for thematic elements and language, also stars Oscar Isaac, Rosie Perez, Lance Reddick and Emily Alyn Lind.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis in Won't Back Down

 

The Help – A Film By Tate Taylor

The extremely heavy issue of racism in the 1960’s had been taken to a lighter level in the new film The Help, directed and written by Tate Taylor. Adapted from the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett, the film offers a powerful cast, including Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Emma Stone.

The Help explores the racial discrimination of the white Southern-bourgeoisie against their black household maids…..only this time, with a twist.  The movie approaches the familiar subject from an unfamiliar angle, turning the limelight away from the whites and onto the black “help”. Even if such topic may seem a bit off especially to caucasian viewers, in the end, everything turn out to the greater reality of accepting the past and ironing out differences to proceed on as better human beings – together.

Emma Stone plays the young Skeeter, a society girl who returns home to Mississippi in order to become a writer. She decides to tackle a controversial subject and ventures out to interview the household maids in the community and document their side of the story. Though she may seem to find herself going to a more dangerous direction, nevertheless, the enslaved black maids have found their voice and even someone, not from their own race, listening to their woes and pains in life.

Aibileen, a black maid played by Viola Davis, influences Skeeter’s story as she opens up about her sorrows and tumults, while remaining ever-polite throughout the process.  She also encourages other women in her situation to begin telling their stories as well.

The story conveys the suffering the black maids endure from their white employers, but also the fact that, despite it all, they maintain an overflowing love for the children for whom they care. While this film is by in large part light hearted and comedic, do not be surprised if you find yourself mixing your laughter with the occasional tear – for no film that touches on the topic of racism could bypass the issues that weigh heavy on many hearts. Spencer, who plays Aibileen’s best friend, Minny, demonstrates her control over the mood of the film by creating an entertaining, feel-good movie.

Overall, Taylor succeeds in maintaining the integrity of the book while turning it into an award-winning film by depicting the Southern culture of the 1960’s with a powerful cast, lovely setting, and intelligent dialogue. The Help is a must see movie that will not only widen your historical knowledge, but will leave you laughing, crying, and feeling good inside.

Rebecca Wang – Producer
Rebecca Wang Entertainment

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – A Film By Stephen Daldry

Anytime you hear that a film by Stephen Daldry is coming out in theaters, chances are you want to see it.  Stephen Daldry has developed a huge name for himself directing movies such as Billy Elliot, The Hours and The Reader, and he is now adding another feature to that hat with the upcoming movie Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

Based on the much applauded novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, adapted to screenplay by Eric Roth, is about the heartbreaks and lost lives surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

The story centers around an eleven year old boy, Oskar Schell, who sets out on an inspiring journey of self discovery and healing. Oskar is a brilliant, multi-faceted child, who is talented in the art of invention, jewelry design, and music. After the loss of his father, who dies in the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11, he finds a mysterious key in his father’s closet that prompts him to search out the missing lock. He travels through the five boroughs of New York City, meeting several different people with one thing in common: each is a survivor in their own way.

Although the movie reflects the grand scale atrocities of 9/11, the story itself focuses on the individual experience of the young boy. The movie instills a sense of inspiration amidst the heartbreak, and the film is sure to be a success amongst movie goers and critics alike.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close stars Academy Award winner Tom Hanks and Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock as Oskar’s parents and Thomas Horn as eleven-year-old Oskar.  Actors also include Viola Davis, Max vin Sydow, Jeffrey Wright, James Gandolfini, and John Goodman.

As the holidays approach, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close will no doubt touch the hearts of audiences and remind them of the power of love and compassion.

Rebecca Wang – Producer
Rebecca Wang Entertainment